Trump signs legislation creating first national park honoring African-American

Source: WGCL

During his visit to Atlanta to watch the National Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, President Donald Trump also signed legislation proclaiming the first national park to honor an African-American.

With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, Alveda King, next to him, Trump signed the historic legislation into law. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is now a National Historic Park. It expands the boundaries of the former King Center to include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple. Dr. King used it as a headquarters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

It's the first of its kind in Georgia. Alabama beats Georgia 26-23 in OT for national title Atlanta streetcar fails to deliver on game day Spectators complain of long lines, MARTA issues for big gameDr. Bernice King issued this statement on the signing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Act:

"This moment is significant because the Martin Luther King, Jr. national park will be the first national park that honors an African-American. It also fulfills my mother's dream of the King Historic District becoming a full-fledged park."

Congressman John Lewis introduced the legislation four years ago.

Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. walks behind President Trump as he arrives in Atlanta Ga. @realDonaldTrump signed a bill creating a national historic park for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. aboard AF1 after landing.— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) January 8, 2018

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